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May is Older Americans Month

Every May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM), a time to recognize older Americans’ contributions, highlight aging trends, and reaffirm commitments to serving the older adults in our communities.

The 2024 theme is Powered by Connection, which recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being. We will explore the vital role that connectedness plays in supporting independence and aging in place by combatting isolation, loneliness, and other issues.  

In our region, the Barnstable County Department of Human Services (BCDHS) has convened Healthy Aging Cape Cod (HACC), a collaborative effort among organizations serving older adults in Barnstable County, to align existing services to better enable our residents to age in place successfully. The HACC Steering Committee includes members from four sectors: transportation, housing, workforce development, and health/human services.

In addition, Cape Cod has a valuable network of councils on aging, senior centers, and centers for active living. These municipal agencies provide local outreach, social and health services, advocacy, information, and referral for older adults, their families, and caregivers. These community-based agencies serve as advocates, offer services, and provide wellness programs. Each town determines its own priorities based on local needs and resources. These centers are a welcoming place for older adults who wish to remain independent in their community.

Check out your local center today!


Barnstable Council on Aging508-862-4750
Bourne Council on Aging508-759-0600 x 3500
Brewster Council on Aging508-896-2737
Chatham Council on Aging508-945-5190
Dennis Council on Aging508-385-5067
Eastham Council on Aging774-801-3151
Falmouth Council on Aging508-540-0196
Harwich Council on Aging508-430-7550
Mashpee Council on Aging508-539-1440
Nantucket Council on Aging508-228-4490
Orleans Council on Aging508-255-6333
Provincetown Council on Aging508-487-7080
Sandwich Council on Aging508-888-4737
Truro Council on Aging508-487-2462
Wellfleet Council on Aging508-349-2800
Yarmouth Council on Aging508-394-7606

For more articles and information on healthy aging, visit: Aging Well & Healthy Living | Barnstable County, Cape Cod